NAIROBI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's energy ministry said Monday it has revised its target for ensuring that everyone has access to modern clean cooking solutions to 2028, two years ahead of the global target.
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Simon Kachapin, chief administrative secretary in the ministry of energy said the revised target underlines the country's commitment to champion the use of clean cooking methods.
"This means we have to do things differently, disrupt our way of thinking, as business as usual will not enable us to achieve our global and national aspirations," Kachapin told delegates attending the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 at the close of the meeting in Nairobi.
According to a statement issued at the end of the meeting, Kachapin noted that clean cooking is a cross-cutting issue, affecting many sectors and required a multi-stakeholder approach to unleash its potential to drive development.
"The clean cooking industry has the potential to play a catalytic role in socio-economic development, beyond the core benefits of environment, gender and health. It therefore requires various stakeholders to collaborate," he added.
The forum, co-hosted by the Ministry of Energy and the Clean Cooking Alliance, brought together over 500 delegates from 50 different countries.
The Kenyan official also challenged countries to audit and update their policies on energy access to reflect the true meaning, beyond just electrification.
"Universal access to energy comprises productive use, energy for lighting and energy for cooking. However, the majority of us associate energy access with electrification, especially in developing countries," he noted.
Delegates attending the forum resolved to lobby for designation of the International Day for Clean Cooking through the UN Framework; as well as the creation of the Clean Cooking Fund.
During the forum, Kenya's first-ever Clean Cooking Study commissioned by the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya was launched.
The study's findings indicated that wood fuel (charcoal and firewood) is the most commonly used primary cooking fuel, currently being used by 75 percent of Kenyan households.